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Sailing club in Burntwood bids to get more women out on the water

A Burntwood sailing group is looking to persuade more women to take to the water.

Chase Sailing Club member Susannah Tooze on the water

Chase Sailing Club member Susannah Tooze on the water

The Chase Sailing Club has launched the drive to recruit more females by creating a female-only course led by women instructors at its Chasewater home in July.

The Women on the Water programme is designed to showcase the benefits of trying out the activity.

Chief instructor Libby Constance said: “Research tells us sailing is still perceived as a male-dominated activity, yet the benefits it can bring to women are numerous and far-reaching.

“The social aspect is huge, being active outdoors promotes physical and mental wellbeing and women of all ages relish the challenge of learning and mastering a new skill.

“We know many women are more comfortable learning in an informal environment where they feel everyone is in the same boat and they can support and encourage one another to achieve.

“This isn’t about separating men and women, it’s about giving more women an environment where they can build their confidence at their own pace before joining in with the many other club activities.”

Last year, Susannah Tooze, a lecturer in adult nursing at the University of Wolverhampton, rediscovered sailing at with the Chase Sailing Club having first tried it as a Girl Guide 20 years earlier.

She said: “One of the biggest benefits has been the opportunity to get outside in the fresh air. I spend so much of my time inside that, even when the weather isn’t brilliant, it is just so nice to be outdoors, whether actively sailing myself, messing about with my boat, or watching others sail.

“I also like being part of a club – it is a really relaxed and friendly place to go and there is always someone to talk to. Everyone is so willing to help you out as a beginner, both with sailing tips and practical help.

“Sailing is a great way to relax as although you’re working physically, mentally you are so focused on what you are doing you don’t have time to think about anything else, plus it’s a great way to keep fit.”

The course takes place on July 14 and 15 with wetsuits and buoyancy aids provided. For more details about the sessions email libby.constance@btinternet.com or visit www.chasesc.org.uk.

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